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Poster: Routhwick Date: Jan 22, 2013 2:46pm
Forum: texts Subject: "If youth, throughout all history..."

Folks, I've just come out of re-scanning the ultimate American lipogram--all on my own! All 50,100+ words and 267 pages of it!

The original 1939 Wetzel edition of Gadsby, Ernest Vincent Wright's 1939 novel without an "e", is coming soon to the Internet Archive (and then Wikisource).

Basically, Gadsby deals with life and love in a sleepy and off-the-beaten-path community called Branton Hills, which a resident churchman in his fifties does his best to reinvigorate with the help of its youngsters. These efforts win him a spot as Mayor of the newly-expanded city--along with a few cynics, grouchy old Councilman Bill Simpkins among them.

After reading a Google+ post by Guy Kawasaki back in August, I planned to fetch a copy at New York's Public Library--but to no avail. While I prepared a new edition and brought it back at Amazon.com's Kindle Store (by way of the Wikisource page), I had to count on the Silas Bronson Library to deliver the original Wetzel via interlibrary loan. (For those outside this part of New England, Bronson's located in downtown Waterbury, CT.)

Forget hunting this baby down with US$4,000 to spare. I'm finally bringing this home in a day or two! (And I even had to get a photo taken to prove it.)

Through my Constitution imprint, I've put out an Amazon-exclusive Kindle edition. To accompany the original text, I wrote a behind-the-scenes essay entitled Skipping Fifth. (A tale of not only Wright's efforts, but also of Georges Perec and a similar work, La disparition [a.k.a. A Void].)

No one's paid such an obscure author like Mr. Wright so much respect...until I came into the picture. And by Jove, I've only just begun.

Well, I'd better get going with another scanning project: that of From Then Till Now, James Barnes' 1936 autobiography.

In the meantime, look for the special edition of Gadsby on sale at Amazon's Kindle Store:

www.amazon.com/dp/B009NH9RGE

Cost: Just two dollars. (That's a lipogram.)

And visit me at Google+: http://gplus.to/routhwick. Hashtag: #WhatLiesAground.

Take care, archivists. Diè wåde!


P.S. Sorry if I double-posted because of that message that reads, "Error: No forum selected for posting". I wonder why this happens?

This post was modified by Routhwick on 2013-01-22 19:05:22

This post was modified by Routhwick on 2013-01-22 22:46:30

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Jan 22, 2013 10:45am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 'If youth, throughout all history...'

Nice job. Isn't it great how these days with so many self publishing options anyone can become a publisher of neglected authors. Congrats at publishing the book at an affordable rate, and for releasing the essay under a CC license.

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Poster: Routhwick Date: Jan 26, 2013 4:00pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 'If youth, throughout all history...'

Not to mention that the work's U.S. copyright expired in 1968 due to renewal failure. The Stanford archives can bear us out on that.

Even better: it's also PD in territories that observe the 70 p.m.a. clause. (Wright died in 1939.)

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Poster: Routhwick Date: Feb 2, 2013 9:02am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 'If youth, throughout all history...'

Folks, today's the day!

After five and a half months, the journey's almost over. I've started the upload process for "Gadsby_images.zip"--all 282 pieces and 300 MB+ of it! You'll start to see it at archive.org/details/Gadsby before one in my timezone!

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Poster: garthus1 Date: Jan 23, 2013 6:35pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 'If youth, throughout all history...'

stbalbach,

Reminds me of a recent visit to Notre Dame and their library. I wandered into the rare book room and after leaving wondered why, with all the money they have, a considerable effort is not being made to digitize their excellent collection and place it in the Public domain. How many of these books are locked away from scholars because of the difficulty of going there and trying to obtain the work. And not being able to record it easily.

Gerry

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Jan 26, 2013 9:41am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 'If youth, throughout all history...'

Book scanning technology keeps improving, eventually it will become much cheaper and there will be no excuse. Here's an automatic page turning book scanner for $1500 (prototype).

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/13/3639016/google-books-scanner-vacuum-diy

They envision a device like this could be set up in an assembly line and entire libraries could be scanned with a couple people feeding books into the machine. They could probably automate that part too.